I was compensated for hosting this party by Pampers®. All opinions are my own.
A small part of me always knew that when Emma reached the potty-training stage it meant my time as a mom to babies was over. It is not an easy thing to let sink in completely. While I’m not complaining about the absence of dirty diapers in my life, I would not mind a few more ‘baby’ years from Emma.
Who remembers this sweet face?
Unfortunately for me that is not the way Emma works. Never has, never will. So for the time being, I’m going to embrace her unique personality, and continue to praise her for fully accepting this lifestyle change that is using the toilet.
Happy 3rd Birthday, Emma!
I cannot believe we’ve hit 3 already. She has been doing really well during the day as far as potty training goes, but still struggles somewhat at night. We wanted to turn that negative into a positive by throwing her a party for her birthday, celebrating her brand new 3-year-old accessory: Pampers® Easy Ups.
The Pampers® Easy Ups Party Experience
A lot of planning and preparation went into this party, and I have to give a huge shout-out and thank you to my fabulous co-host & sister, Mica, for allowing me to use her gorgeous home. We set up decorations, made lots of great food, and let the kids have the time of their lives.
I was really inspired to use the Pampers colors, so I made blue rice crispy treats and blue cupcakes with yellow frosting.
The cupcakes were my favorite part, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t eat more than my share of rice crispies.
We set up and prepared gift bags, and once the kids showed up the fun really started.
While Mica and I were playing with the kids and helping them with photo booth crafts, the guys were working hard and grilling some delicious ribs.
Waiting on those ribs was probably the hardest part of the whole afternoon. Spending time with the kids was a great way to distract myself though, because we had so much fun creating our very own props for the Photo Booth.
We had an amazing group of kids show up, not only the ones who were in Pampers age range were there. Almost every single older sibling came, which raised our cool factor significantly.
The birthday girl was not happy she had to share a picture with all of her guests. There is a reason her nickname is Sour Patch Kid.
After we took all of our photo booth pictures, we directed all the kids to the outdoors to eat their cupcakes. I think they were a big hit.
Browse the gallery below for all pictures from our party.
Why a Pampers® Easy Ups Party?
Potty training is something that did not come easily with either one of my children. While Zoey had more problems during the day, Emma has more problems during the night. Pampers Easy Ups help so so much.
We wanted to turn a negative experience into a positive one, which is why we introduced Easy Ups, and call them her ‘Big Girl Bedtime Underwear’ because that is what she asked us to call them. Fair enough!
When looking at potty training in a positive way, the setbacks hurt much less, especially for our children. The underwear-like design really does the job in making our little ones feel confident in their decision to wear ‘Big Girl Bedtime Underwear’.
Our way of making a good impression on Emma was to incorporate the Pampers Easy Ups into her birthday party and show her every kid needs them. From them on she was sold, and has done so well so far during the night.
Pampers Easy Ups Perks:
- An absorbent core that holds 25% more
- Pampers Easy Ups® have fewer leaks
- Fun Thomas & Friends® designs for boys and Dora the Explorer® designs for girls
- Underwear-like design
- Graphics that fade when wet
- Super-stretchy sides to make them easy to pull up and down
- Available for Boys and Girls sizes 2T/3T through 4T/5T
Tips for Potty Training
One of the items included in the gift bag for our party guests was the book It’s You and Me Against the Pee… and the Poop too! by Julia Cook and Laura Jana. Laura Jana, one of the co-authors of this book has some amazing tips for potty training.
- Promote Potty Learning not Potty Training (oops!)
- Take a teamwork approach.
- Stay fully stocked with the necessary potty items.
- Celebrate the successes,
- Watch for signs that indicate potty learning readiness,
- Make connections through media and other children.
If you have a chance to pick up her book, it is a great addition during these times.